USA tour, Day one

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir’s USA/Bermuda tour. My name is Rosie and I’ll be your tour guide. Please keep your hands and feet— er, be mindful of internet safety. Disable or enable cookies as desired. I personally prefer to enable them into my mouth.

Well, yes. I’m Rosie, new choir member as of this year and designated blog writer. It’ll be my pleasure to inform our supporters (hooray, that’s you!) of the wonderful experiences we have while we’re here in America as we get to know other choirs, perform and do a little sightseeing.

The lead up to the USA has been eventful, with a handful of performances including last weekend, when we won the major prize at Sydney Eisteddfod(!), and a few last minute changes to the members coming on tour. I myself was not going to be coming on tour until only three weeks ago.

Since then, there’s been a whirl of activity. This morning was no different. We all spent a while on the plane trying to decide when exactly to fall asleep. It’s hard when we’re going backwards in time. I kid you not – the highlight of my trip so far was watching the sunrise in reverse, as the red sun sank slowly below the horizon when we sped away in our 747. Dawn disappeared and was replaced by night time. Although watching Phillippa’s teary-eyed husband serenade her in lieu of being able to spend their anniversary together was a close contender. Yes, sacrifices have been made!

Our first flight lasted a bracing 12 hours, then, after waiting in San Francisco airport for an hour for our flight, we heard over the loud speaker that our flight had been delayed. We ended up spending five hours in the terminal, waiting in our various ways. Some people scattered by powerpoints to recharge their appliances, some resigned to playing an endless game of I-Spy, others taking the time to snooze on the crowded but surprisingly comfy floor. I have to admit, there was a marked improvement in the energy levels of those who slept.

When we got to Boston we were met by Justin, our handy guide for Boston and New York. He’s an almost-local, from the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the organisation putting together the Rhythms of One World festival we’ll be participating in, in New York – one of the major highlights of our tour.

Finally, we arrived at the Hampton Inn after something like 32 hours of travel and airport terminals. Our rooms are cosy, and there’s time for a few hours of sleep before we need to be up for breakfast. It’s been busy and tiring, but oh, we’re going to have a great time!


3 Responses to “USA tour, Day one”

  1. June 23, 2012 at 08:25

    Enjoy the games. Play to win….

  2. 2 Lesley
    June 23, 2012 at 11:32

    Great first blog, Rosie! xxxxx

  3. 3 Erin Kerr
    June 24, 2012 at 18:04

    From this “Choir Widow”, keep those blogs coming Rosie.

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